There are reports from quite a few news outlets tonight that Defense Secretary Ash Carter personally opposed the decision to commute Chelsea Manning‘s sentence.
President Obama made that call, announced earlier today, but Carter apparently strongly opposed it:
— ABC News (@ABC) January 18, 2017
Defense Sec. Carter did not support Pres. Obama's sentence commutation for Chelsea Manning, US official tells @NBCNightlyNews.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) January 17, 2017
— PETER MAER (@petermaer) January 18, 2017
SecDef Carter "did not support" Chelsea Manning commutation – Sr. Defense Official tells CNN
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) January 18, 2017
Back in 2011, this is how the president addressed Manning’s actions:
“I have to abide by certain classified information. If I was to release stuff, information that I’m not authorized to release, I’m breaking the law. … We’re a nation of laws. We don’t individually make our own decisions about how the laws operate. … He broke the law.”
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